Eid bittersweet for Syrian refugees

Published 28.07.2014 00:09
Updated 28.07.2014 13:53
Eid bittersweet for Syrian refugees

Since the Syrian civil war started four years ago, many Syrian refugees have taken shelter in tent cities and prefabricated houses in the southern provinces of Turkey. They look forward to returning to their homeland especially as Eid is approaching, even though their basic needs are being met by the Turkish

More than 1 billion Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Monday. However, one needs to keep in mind that many millions are failing to find any reason to celebrate the holiday. Only children, like the Syrian refugee girl in Istanbul above, who was given a food parcel, seem capable of finding happiness in small acts of kindness.

Syrian refugees who took shelter in Turkey after fleeing from the civil war have been living in tents and prefabricated container homes for almost four years. Most of their needs are being met by the Turkish Government, but many refugees are upset they will be forced to spend another Eid away from their homeland and their loved ones.

In his statement to Anadolu Agency (AA), Khaled Khaddur, who lives in the Süleyman Şah Tent City in the Akçakale district of Şanlıurfa, said that refugees are heavy-hearted as Eid arrives.

Saying they are dreaming of an Eid in a free Syria, "the Tent City administration has made real effort to allow us to spend Eid in the best way possible. We wish for an end to the bloodshed and pray that God lets us spend Eid with our relatives," said Khaddur. Yasin Beyazıd said that the cruelty in Syria hinders the joy of Eid. Beyazıd also said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sees them as guests. "We are spending Eid in sorrow.

If there had not been a war in Syria, Eid would have been different for us. We try to overcome this sorrow with the help of Turkey," said Beyazıd.
Looghay Hosni told AA that they will visit locals in Akçakale who look out for them. Bushra Qurublah, another refugee living in the container city, stated they are grateful to Turkey.

Qurublah said that they feel safe in Turkey."We welcome Eid with sick hearts. We will have a happy Eid when we go back to our country. I love the Turkish [people] very much.

They are very helpful. We shop from markets as Eid is coming. I have three kids and I bought them new cloths for Eid. We thank the Turkish government that welcomed us. If we did any wrong to them, I hope the Turkish people can forgive us," Qurublah said.

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